Let Others Know You're Safe with Facebook's Safety Check
Article by George Norman
On 20 Oct 2014
Facebook recently introduced Safety Check, a tool that can prove to be quite useful in times of crisis or disaster.

If something terrible happens, if a major disaster strikes, you can use the new Safety Check tool to let others know you’re safe.


More than 1.32 billion people from all over the world use Facebook to stay in touch with one another. They use Facebook to post pictures from their trips, they use Facebook to check out posts from their friends, they use Facebook to talk to one another, they use Facebook to say “I love you.”

When a disaster strikes, people use Facebook to check and make sure their loved ones are safe and sound. In times of crisis, people use Facebook to let their loved ones know they’re okay.

Communication is vital in times of distress. Aware of this fact, Facebook came up with a new tool called Safety Check.

Safety Check – Main Features
  • Let others know you’re safe – click or tap the “I’m safe” button and your friends, relatives, and loved ones will know that you’re safe.
  • See if others are okay – check a list of friends to see if they are safe, get notifications when friends say they’re safe.
  • Automatic check notifications – if a natural disaster occurs near your location, Safety Check will ask you if you’re okay.
  • Availability – Safety Check will be available globally on Android, iOS, feature phones and desktop.
To determine your location, Safety Check looks at the city listed in your profile, at your last location (from the Nearby Friends product), and at the city from where you are connected to the internet. If a natural disaster occurs near your location, Safety check will ask if you’re safe.

If you’re safe, click or tap “I’m safe”. Once you do so, a notification and News Feed story will be generated and let others know you’re safe. Speaking about others, they can mark you as safe. Not only can you select “I’m safe” on your own, your friends can also mark you as safe. And speaking about friends, once the Safety Check tool has been activated, you will receive notifications about friends in the area where the natural disaster took place, friends that marked themselves as safe.

“If you’re ever in a situation that would require you to use Safety Check, we hope it’s a tool that helps you stay connected to those you care about, and gives you the comfort of knowing your loved ones are safe,” announced via the Facebook newsroom, Naomi Gleit, VP of Product Management, Sharon Zeng, Product Manager & Peter Cottle, Software Engineer.

Visit vimeo to view a video presentation of the new Safety Check tool.

Tags: Facebook, Safety Check, tool, disaster, crisis
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